John C. Broger

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1390146-000, DOJ-AP-2018-002886

1390146-000

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Fix Required

Communications

From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning John C. Broger (October 30, 1913 - February 19, 2006), who was an American Christian missionary, author, radio producer, and public servant. In 1956 Mr. Broger became Deputy Director of the Directorate for Armed Forces Information and Education (Armed Forces Information Service), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower) - and later Director of that office which he held until 1984. During his tenure Broger conducted many other psychological operations aimed at countering the effects of communist ideology.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records (as the Bureau has posted copies of records that it previously said were transferred to NARA such as the Tokyo Rose file).

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived. Per DOJ FOIA guidance, "a requester should be granted a fee waiver if the requested information (1) sheds light on the activities and operations of the government; (2) is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of those operations and activities; and (3) is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester." As this FOIA meets all of those requirements (see above), a fee waiver is warranted.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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Records relating to or mentioning John C. Broger (October 30, 1913 -
February 19, 2006), who was an American Christian missionary, author, radio
producer, and public servant. In 1956 Mr. Broger became Deputy Director of
the Directorate for Armed Forces Information and Education (Armed Forces
Information Service), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
(Manpower) - and later Director of that office which he held until 1984.
During his tenure Broger conducted many other psychological operations aimed
at countering the effects of communist ideology.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not
limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR)
Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical
Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference
records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. If any
potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to
NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as
any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer
or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the
Bureau has no other copies of said records (as the Bureau has posted copies
of records that it previously said were transferred to NARA such as the
Tokyo Rose file).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Supporting documentation

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E2ae9694b7ab3cb8c6ddf6155d686b0c1fe5dbf30_Q21907_D1949608

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the decision to deny my news media category, which ignores both the text of my request and the agreement reached with FBI and DOJ as part of the FOIA lawsuit over Scientology records. There is no excuse for this.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E2ae9694b7ab3cb8c6ddf6155d686b0c1fe5dbf30_Q21907_D1971368

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

02/22/2018 03:43 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2018-002886

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

DOJ-AP-2018-002886 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for other reasons -- Other -- Moot.

  • Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2018-002886, FBI, Enclosure for R

  • Best, Emma, DOJ-AP-2018-002886, FBI, Response letter, Close FC moot

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